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Henrietta Lacks Biography - The Immortal Cell Life Lives On [Kindle Edition]

Kiesha Joseph , The Biography Foundation
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Book Description

HeLa, as Henrietta Lacks is known to research scientists, is famous for her unwitting contribution to cancer research. Born August 1, 1920, this African American woman became one of the greatest contributors to scientists' struggles to find a cure for cancer. Upon her death from cervical cancer on October 4, 1951, her cancerous tumor was cultured by George Otto Grey. His goal was to create what he called an “immortal” line of cells for continuing cancer research after her death. This deathless cell line came to be known as the HeLa cell line.

Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1951. Doctors at Maryland's Johns Hopkins University informed Henrietta that her illness was terminal. No survival was expected. During her treatment at the hospital, Dr. George Gey clipped cancerous cells from her cervix without her knowledge. During his studies of the cells, Dr. Gey found that Mrs. Lacks' cells were essentially immortal. And, so the infinite research began.

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  • File Size: 33 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Q3G2ZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief biography. September 6, 2012
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Very informative and descriptive short story about the life and career of a little known and virtually unsung hero of her time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly written April 20, 2014
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The text had several grammatical errors which makes me wonder if the article was ever proof-read. If the author cannot spell words correctly or use the correct words, I am suspicious of the information they present.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Short May 1, 2013
Very short and left me hanging. Abrupt ending. I would have like to received a lot more details about the testing and about Henrietta's family's testing as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting December 8, 2012
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Nicely written and informative, but not my cup of tea. I bought it for book club, read it, then forgot to go the day of book club!
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